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Education Studies for Teaching Assistants FdA

Course Overview

This Foundation Degree in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants (run by Bath Spa University, taught at Bath College) will offer you a two-year undergraduate programme that will develop the knowledge, critical understanding and skills needed to explore education in a variety of ways.


You will learn about education, key theories of teaching and learning and child development as well the wider issues concerning the political, economic and historical contexts surrounding education, Special Educational Needs and the importance of an holistic approach to the wellbeing of children and young people in society through collaboration with other agencies.


The programme will enable you to develop your current role and to understand cultural, historical, social and political constructs of education, schooling and childhood and to develop your own vision of what education might become in the future.

What topics are covered?

You will study the following modules:

  • The Curriculum
  • Inclusion
  • Learning – Theory and Practice
  • Reflective Practitioner – Inclusion in Action
  • Working in Partnership
  • Supporting Children’s’ behaviour for Learning
  • Research in the Educational Workplace

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is ideal for those who want to broaden their knowledge of education, teaching and learning and those who want to take their career further and work towards either becoming a classroom teacher or working in other other professions in settings for children and young people.

What are the entry requirements?

  • A Level 3 qualification such as a National Award/Certificate/Diploma etc
  • Or a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience and able to demonstrate the necessary skills to succeed on the course
  • four full GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including maths and English Language or their level 2 equivalents
  • A relevant work placement must be secured

What qualifications will I gain?

You will gain a Level 5 FdA in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants.

Who is the awarding body?

Bath Spa University

How will I learn?

Much of the learning on this vocational course will take place in the workplace and includes compulsory online learning activities, some individual, some with your learning community, to bring forward to the following week’s face-to-face sessions. Lectures, seminars, workshops and blogs will also feature. You’ll be visited in the workplace where your tutor will observe your practice and provide developmental feedback to you on your progress.


You will also be keeping reflective journals and portfolios of your learning and progress throughout the course based on your practical experiences in the workplace, which will count towards your assessment.

How will I be assessed?

The modules are assessed via a variety of methods; essays, presentations, video analysis, online discussions, journals, portfolios and a final research project. There are no exams.

What can I do after this course?

This degree provides a route into teaching with a third year ‘top-up’ to honours degree level (BA (Hons) Education Studies) and a one year PGCE course or in-school initial teacher training.

How much does this course cost?

This Level 5 FdA in Education Studies for Teaching Assistants costs £7,500.

What funding is available?

You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance grant/loan for living expenses. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to the Funding for HE Students page.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Teacher Training

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this course by clicking the Apply button at the top of this webpage, this will direct you to the Bath Spa University site.


UCAS code: X901
Institution code: B20


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